Japan Rain, Snow & Art14

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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS PRESENTATION HERE: https://www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda/japan-rain-snow-art14/michaelasanda/japan-rain-snow-art14 Late May to June is the season of iris flowers in Japan. Irises are major flowers in Japanese gardens, some big temples and shrines. Purple of the flowers and glossy green of their leaves are symbolic of natural beauty of Japanese early summer. Irises are extremely beautiful in rain and people connect the image of irises to rain rather the clear sky in Japan.


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JAPAN Rain, Snow & Art


Seasons are a main theme in the Japanese culture. Flowers are like mirrors to the seasons, reflecting the passage of time. Fittingly, flower viewing is a very popular activity in Japan as most prominently seen in the annual festivities surrounding the cherry blossoms, but not limited to them


From the end of May through early July, Japan experiences weeks and weeks of rain as if a monsoon season has arrived. Unlike the beating rainfall of monsoon, however, the rain this season is softer and neverending. A bed of vivid purple flowers in such gloomy and silent background is truly breathtaking. These flowers known by the name of iris in English is called ayame in Japanese. Ayame and kakitsubata, another flower which belongs to the same iridaceae and has a hardly different appearance that there is even a saying (or a song), "in the end, either ayame or kakitsubata." It describes well the grace of both these flowers, and thus means to be divided between two or more incomparable things or people


Iris laevigata 'Rose Queen' kakitsubata Because of its outstanding beauty, the purple of the flowers and glossy green of their leaves irises are symbolic of natural beauty of Japanese early summer but people connect the image of irises to rain rather the clear sky in Japan: the iris bloom announced the advent of the rainy season


From the end of May through early July, Japan experiences Hanakotoba is the Japanese form of the language of flowers. In this practice, plants were given codes and passwords. These are meant to convey emotion and communicate directly to the recipient or viewer without needing the use of words. Iris meanings: Good News/Glad tidings/loyalty


Bakufu Ohno (1888-1976) Bungyo Nakatani (1947-)


Black Gold Iris Design Porcelain Tea Set Made in Japan Jo (Hashimoto Yuzuru) active early 1900s) Swallow Flying Over an Iris


Box for Incense with Design of Peonies, Iris, Morning Glories, and Wisteria Kajikawa School XIX Metropolitan Museum of Art Fan


Kan'en Iwasaki Case (Inrō) with Design of Birds in Flight above Flowering Iris (obverse) XVIII- XIX Metropolitan Museum of Art


Chōbunsai Eishi (Japanese, 1756–1829) Young Lady and Iris Garden Metropolitan Museum of Art


Cup with Butterflies and Iris Design and Basketry Exterior cca1840. Metropolitan Museum of Art


Gyokuei Yodo (active 1800s) Hanko Kajita (1870-1917)


Hara Yōyūsai (Japanese, 1772–1845) Inrō with Sparrows in Snow-covered Nandina Metropolitan Museum of Art


Kyoto Hosomi Museum - Art Cube Shop carries original museum goods Gyosui Suzuki (b. 1898) Iris and Frog


Heihachiro Fukuda (1892-1974) Irises Kisho Tsukuda (Japan, 1955)


Heihachiro Fukuda (1892-1974) Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, 1934


Hiroshi Yoshida (1876 – 1950) Iris Garden in Horikiri, 1928 Yamada Jōkasai (1681–1704) Incense Box (Kogo) with Design of Iris and Bridge (Yatsuhashi) Metropolitan Museum of Art


Antique Japanese Cloisonne Champleve Enamel Irises Vase Meiji Period


Hitoshi Kobayashi


Hogetsu Jinbo (1948-) Furoshiki are a type of Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods


The iris has captivated the hearts of the Japanese since ancient times. Kakitsubata, a native species of iris, became especially popular from a story in the tenth century, “Tales of Ise.” An aristocratic poet, weary of the fashionable life in Kyoto, set out on a long journey. Arriving at Yatsuhashi (meaning “eight bridges”), he saw irises in full bloom in a marsh crisscrossed with the eight bridges that gave the area its name Japanese wrapping cloth Furoshiki


The sight filled him with such longing for his wife in far away Kyoto that he wrote a verse for her, beginning each line with a syllable from the flower’s name, ka-ki-tsu-ba-ta Korin Furuya (1875-1910) Maruyama Oshin (1790-1838) Iris © British Museum


Korin Furuya (1875-1910) Ever since, kakitsubata and zigzag wooden bridges have been linked as a motif in art, literature, and gardening


Kano Tsunenobu (Japanese, 1636–1713) Mandarin Ducks and Iris Metropolitan Museum of Art


Komatsu Kaei (1898-1945) Water Landscape with Iris and Ducks on Silk Vintage Japanese Ginger Jar with Irises


Hōchū Nakamura Blue Iris Early 19th century Isao Akita (1945-) ?


Ito Sozan (1884-)- Iris Jippo Araki (1872-1944) Japanese ceramic fluted vase


Suzuki Kiitsu (1796–1858) Irises and Moth


Japan Still Life Iris Two Fold Tea Screen hand painted


Japanese Tenugui Towel Cotton Fabric Iris kimono


Vintage Otagiri Japan Black and Gold Iris Coffee Cup Katō Shinmei (Japan, 1910-1996) Flowering Iris, 1954


Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) Grasshopper and Iris Metropolitan Museum of Art


Kaburaki Kiyokata The Cool of the Morning (1925) Kaburaki Kiyokata Memorial Art Museum


Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) Irises and bridge 1909


Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) Irises, two-fold screen


Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) Pair of two-fold screens


Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) Pair of two-fold screens fragments


Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) Pair of two-fold screens Irises Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art


Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) Pair of folding screens with irises (left vessel)


Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) Pair of folding screens with irises (right vessel)


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